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West Virginia Penitentiary, Moundsville

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  • We participated in the Escape Room game. It was an awesome experience. Our host, Bob, was extremely informative. We were visiting a neighboring town for only one day and even though the Pen was not op...  more »
  • Very cool place to visit, we didn't come for the penitentiary but it ended up in the itinerary and I'm glad that it did. Our tour guide Donna was exceptional, she knew tons of interesting information ...  more »
  • Took the tour and it was very interesting. We had excellent tour guide - Maggie - she had been a guard when the prison was operational so she had some first hand stories that were pretty good. Some re...  more »
  • My friend and I came here as it's been a place on our bucket list for quite some time. The prices in the gift shop and the tours were very reasonable. We did the historic tour and our tour guide Donna was very knowledgeable about the history of the Penitentiary. It was easy to tell that she has spent some time learning about the facility. The tour lasted about 90 minutes total. Pictures were allowed in the Penitentiary, which I took lots of. Overall, I would recommend​ this place to anyone interested in WV history, paranormal, or Gothic architecture.
  • One of the most phenomenal experiences of my life. Felt so much spiritual energy and personal experiences with the spirits. Do research and visit the afterlife museum to get the story's on some of the paranormal.
  • Worth every penny. The prison tour is very informative, and just an experience all in itself. The haunted house that they host here is a must visit if you're in the area for Halloween.
  • Wife and I did the Escape Room this past Friday night. We had a blast trying to escape and the staff were awesome. On Saturday, The paranormal tour guide was full of creepy information about every part of the prison. During free time to roam, we sat alone in an empty, pitch black room and heard chains hit the floor right next to us. I got up to investigate, saw no chains, or people either. Tried to mimic the sound with my keys, but couldn't do it. Super creepy! Will return for the next Escape Room.
  • Had a wonderful time. Tour guide knew what he was talking about. Made it fun for the younger kids. Would definitely go back again

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